COUNTY OF ALBEMARLE
Bloomfield Road (Gilliland-Fennell) - Albemarle County Service Authority Jurisdictional Area Amendment Request
Public Hearing to amend the Jurisdictional Area Boundary to provide Water Only to Tax Map 59, Parcel 17B located on Bloomfield Road (Route 677) approximately .2 mile south of the intersection of Bloomfield Road and Route 250.
Messrs. Tucker, Foley, Davis, Benish
LEGAL REVIEW: Yes
June 4, 2008
ACTION: X INFORMATION:
The applicant is requesting ACSA Jurisdictional Area designation for water service (Water Only) to a 2.2 acre parcel with an existing single-family home (See Attachment A). The parcel is located entirely within the designated Rural Areas, in the Samuel Miller Magisterial District. The original well serving the home went dry and a new well was recently drilled on the property. Water quality tests of the new well, to date, have not met state standards for general coli form, an indicator of possible well water contamination. The applicant has attempted to chlorinate the well and distribution system for the past two weeks and submitted numerous samples for testing over that time period, with most, but not all, test results indicating that State standards for general coli form have not been met.
The applicant has newborn premature twins and the family is unable to live in the home until the water contamination is addressed. Therefore, staff is expediting this request and taking it directly to a public hearing.
The Health Department examined the site and reviewed the water test results and confirmed that there is a low level of well contamination. Health Department staff believe that the original well may be leaching into the new well and causing the contamination, and have recommended that the original well be abandoned and filled.
Based on the currently available information, it is also possible that the contamination is the result of problems with the distribution system beyond the well. If this is the case, the provision of public water may not remedy the contamination being experienced within the house. Testing of water obtained directly from the well has been requested to determine whether the contamination is occurring in the well or in the distribution system, but the results of that testing are not yet available. County and Health Department staff will update the Board with those test results at the public hearing.
Health Department staff has indicated that there are potential on-site methods of addressing this level of contamination through the use of ultra-violet purifying systems or periodic/regular chlorination of the water supply.
Objective 2.2 Protect and/or preserve the County's natural resources.
The property is located outside of the designated Development Area. It is located within the designated Rural Area. The property is zoned RA, Rural Areas. The Comprehensive Plan provides the following concerning the provision of water and sewer service to the Development Area:
“General Principle: Urban Areas, Communities, and Villages are to be served by public water and sewer (p. 114).”
“Provide water and sewer service only to areas within the ACSA Jurisdictional Areas (p. 130).”
“Follow the boundaries of the designated Development Areas in delineating Jurisdictional Areas (p.130).”
“Only allow changes in the Jurisdictional Areas outside of the designated Development Areas in cases where the property is: 1) adjacent to existing lines; and 2) public health and/or safety is in danger (p. 130).”
Water and sewer services by policy are intended to serve the designated Development Area where growth is encouraged and are to be discouraged in the Rural Area because utility services are a potential catalyst to growth. Water supply and system capacities need to be efficiently and effectively used and reserved to serve the Development Area. Continued connections of properties in the Rural Area result in further extension of lines from the fringe of the existing Jurisdictional Area and into the Rural Area, potentially straining limited water resources and capacity.
This request meets the first criteria for the provision of service to Rural Area parcels (adjacency to existing service lines). The adjacent property to the east of this parcel is within the ACSA Jurisdictional Area for Water Only to Existing Structures and is served with public water. The Kearsage Subdivision is located across Bloomfield Road from this property (south of this property and is also within the ACSA Jurisdictional Area and is served with public water. However, at this time there is insufficient information to evaluate whether this situation constitutes a health or safety issue resulting from a water source failure (contaminated well) and whether it is a long-term condition or a short-term condition resulting from the construction/purification process for the new and/or closure of the old well. Staff anticipates that sufficient information will be available by the public hearing to provide further information and guidance on the consistency of this request with the above noted County policy.
The property owner will bear the costs for sewer connection.
While there is evidence of a low level contamination of water serving the existing home on-site, at this time staff does not have sufficient information to confirm that there is actually contamination of the well water (water source), or that the coli form contamination being experienced is not the result of a temporary conditions resulting from the construction of the new well and the closure of the old well. Therefore, staff cannot recommend approval of this request at this time. Staff anticipates that additional information will be available by the time the public hearing is held to allow final recommendations to be made that are consistent with County policy regarding for the provision of service to the Rural Area.
A - Location and Jurisdictional Area Map
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